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Published on January 31st, 2016 |


Georgia State president to address BBA’s Annual Luncheon Feb. 25

Georgia State University President Dr. Mark Becker will give the keynote address during the Buckhead Business Association’s (BBA) Annual Luncheon and awards presentation event, at 11:30 a.m. Thursday Feb. 25 at the new Flourish Atlanta by Legendary Events facility, on Piedmont Road.

Georgia State President Dr Mark Becker

Georgia State President Dr Mark Becker

During the event, the civic organization will honor local businesses for their roles in transforming the Buckhead community, including the Business of the Year, Entrepreneurs of the Year and Buckhead Business Beautification awards.

“Our Annual Luncheon gives the community an opportunity to reflect on the businesses that help make Buckhead great and also hear from a newsmaker who is helping to positively shape the community,” said David Coxon, president & CEO of Georgia Primary Bank and the BBA’s 2016 president.

“We look forward to hearing from Dr. Becker about his vision for Georgia State and how it will continue to help transform the city,” Coxon added.

It’s been a busy few months for Becker and Georgia State administrators.

Earlier this year, the Board of Regents agreed to the consolidation of Georgia State and Georgia Perimeter College (GPC). The combined university will have more than 52,000 students, making it the largest university in the state system, and will be fully operational for fall 2016 classes.

In addition, Georgia State in December won the right to redevelop Turner Field and approximately 70 acres surrounding the stadium. The school is planning to develop the property for a mix of uses, including student housing and athletic facilities, according to reports.

The BBA Annual Luncheon has always drawn a crowd of several hundred Buckhead business leaders, due to the speakers and annual awards that are presented at the event.
The 2016 Business of the Year nominees are Mountain High Outfitters, Keri Gold Salon, King+Duke restaurant, Sally B’s Skin Yummies and Seven Lamps restaurant.

The Buckhead Business Beautification Award nominees are Garden Hills Pool, which in 2014 unveiled an upgraded facility; Lenox Square for its renovated facade; and the Restoration Hardware that opened in 2014 on Peachtree Road.

“This past year was a great one for businesses and entrepreneurs in Buckhead,” said Smita Solanki, executive director of the BBA. “We are looking forward to celebrating these successes while also looking toward the future of the Buckhead community.”

Tickets for the Annual Luncheon are $80 for members or $720 for a table of 10 and $90 for nonmembers or $810 for a table of 10. For more information, visit The entrance to Flourish is actually at 3143 Maple Drive.

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